Book Magic: September 2020 Reading Reflection

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September is a transitional month. We’re saying goodbye to summer and getting ready to snuggle down into fall. It’s awkwardly both and neither.

I could tell I was letting go of Summer fluff but I wasn’t fully ready to snuggle in with the dark and broody fantasy reads I had on my TBR. I thought I came up with an excellent strategy, instead I was pulled into a wild ride.

September Reading Objectives

I wanted books that were fun, moody, and melodramatic but I also wanted light reading because I had lofty writing goals for the month.

With the help of some friends I picked the theme #SexyScotSeptember. I had so much fun researching and curating a list of Scottish Highland romance novels to read. It was a grand plan, and lead to some fun. My TBR is full of Sexy Scots and I can’t complain, but as I got into the month things took a turn.

First. I discovered the Fated Mates Podcast.

Then. My #SummerofSarahMacLean reading group decided to start reading the Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole. I thought it would be a fun, quick detour …

NOPE.

The Paranormal Invasion completely took over.

I struggled a little. I tried to stay on track, but the heart wanted what the heart wanted. Mine wanted growling Scottish shifters (still a little on theme, right??), sad Vampires, and badass Valkyrie warrior women.

About mid-September I eventually gave up trying to scramble back on track and just leaned into the fun of reading books that brought me joy.

September 2020 Reading

September Reading Outcomes

Here’s the full September reading list:

Fangs by Sarah Anderson

When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare

A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole

No Rest for the Wicked by Kresley Cole

Save the Cat! Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody

A Scot in the Dark by Sarah MacLean

Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night by Kresley Cole

Romancing the Beat: Story Structure for Romance Novels by Gwen Hayes

Tycoon by Joanna Shupe

Heart of Blood and Ash by Milla Vane

Twelve books isn’t bad. At this rate, if I keep reading about three books a week I could possibly hit 100 books for the year.

That will be a first for me. I tend to average around 50 books a year, so this reading pace is quite new and wonderful.

Other September Highlights

  • I made quality progress on my current work in progress. Mapped out some sequels and started to brainstorm / develop a new idea. I’m feeling very passionate about Fantasy Romance lately.
  • Hit the 1,000 follower milestone on Instagram!
  • Discovered the world of vintage books on Ebay. *moths flutter out of my wallet*
  • Started to participate in #StepbackSaturday on Instagram
  • Launched into #FallforJoannaShupe
  • Rearranged my writing nook space to give myself a romance novel space for some fun #shelfies
Pretty #Shelfie

All in all, a pretty great month. I’m glad to be back on the blog and my reading, writing, and resting has given me lots of inspiration for future posts.

Hope you all had a wonderful September! Let me know what your favorite read was this month.

On to October!

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